The Elks received beacon and anniversary grants through its Elks National Foundation (ENF) program, which promotes community growth through the local lodges. This year, the Norwalk lodge received $3,500 total grant monies, which were used to supply food for the weekend take-home food bags.
Kathy Capehart and Jason Watts, the grant advisers for this project, met with Maj. Leonard Boynton to see if The Salvation Army again could use help with the food program. Elks No. 730 was informed that any and all help is greatly appreciated and that when the two organizations worked on this last year, it was very successful and a good working relationship with each other was formed. So, after this meeting the application for the grant was filed and approved by the ENF committee and then the process of shopping to get the food and finding volunteers to help stuff the weekend food bags started.
Watts then met with one of the owners of Schild’s IGA SuperCenter and the stock manager to find out if they again would be willing to support this project, as they did the prior year. The meeting was a success and the Elks were given the go-ahead to start shopping for the project.
After selecting out several items, the Elks chose to purchase, they were given the prices so they could get the most food and the best value for the program. Thanks to IGA and the items purchased, the Elks were able to supply nine weekends’ worth of food bags to the program. After talking with officers, members and spouses who help out with various functions all year long, the three-person shifts were filled for the nine weeks the Elks agreed to help. Then every Thursday from June 14 through Aug. 9, the shifts showed up at The Salvation Army to stuff anywhere from 75 to 100 bags, for children to take home to eat over the weekend.
“The program was another great success in helping out the youth of the community. Both organizations look forward to keeping this beneficial program going in the future,” said Chris Robuck, Norwalk Elks trustee.